There are currently four Arizona schools offering degree and certificate programs that feature coursework in broadcasting or prepare students for careers in this field. Some schools offer combined degree programs or areas of specialization. Real-life experience might be gained by working at local radio or television stations. A final broadcasting project, a thesis or a dissertation could be required of students, depending on their program levels.
Below are brief overviews of the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral program options at these 2-year colleges and 4-year universities, along with a table comparing school settings and tuition costs. The areas of study include:
- Mass Communication
- Motion Picture/Television Production
Arizona State University
Arizona State University students who're interested in broadcasting can find relevant programs through the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, which is located on the university's Phoenix campus. The school features several computer labs, newsrooms and television studios. It also offers both undergraduate and graduate journalism programs that can prepare students for careers in broadcasting.
Its bachelor's degree program provides students with writing and reporting skills for both traditional and new media formats. Curriculum can include advanced practice courses in broadcasting in addition to core journalism courses.
The master's program at Arizona State University requires 15 months of full-time study. Students work with experienced faculty to produce stories for the school's Cronkite Newswatch, a weekly newscast. They can also specialize in one of several areas, including broadcasting. Other program options include a combined bachelor's and master's degree and a mid-career master's curriculum designed specifically for experienced professionals who'd like to develop new skills. Students in the doctoral program are encouraged to pursue original research and interdisciplinary studies. They also complete coursework, take comprehensive written and oral examinations and write a dissertation.
Arizona Western College
Arizona Western College, located in Yuma, offers more than 85 programs of study; among them is an associate's degree in broadcasting. Students in this program learn how to operate radio-broadcasting equipment and develop their on-air personalities. Coursework includes topics in radio studio operations, broadcast advertising, broadcast writing and journalism. Students also get hands-on experience working in the KAWC radio stations. In addition to the associate's degree program in broadcasting, Arizona Western College offers a program in television production that features similar coursework.
Scottsdale Community College
Students interested in preparing for broadcasting careers at this Scottsdale school will find two broadcast production certificate programs: film production and television production. The certificate in film production includes courses in film theory and film production. Students in the television production program study media scripting and sound design. They also receive technical training in studio operations and camera techniques.
An associate's degree program in motion picture and television production is also available. The curriculum allows students to select from several specialization tracks, including broadcast production. Topics of study include production for motion pictures and television, digital multimedia, AVID Media Composer editing, media marketing and photography. General education courses in the social and natural sciences, math, communication and composition are also required.
The University of Arizona
The School of Journalism at the University of Arizona in Tucson provides broadcasting students with opportunities to work alongside faculty members who are also journalists. Students in the undergraduate program build their reporting and writing skills and learn how to make ethical decisions while working in the field. They also get hands-on experience through a course that allows them to write and produce broadcasts, some of which are selected to appear on a local public television station.
The graduate journalism program at the University of Arizona gives entry-level and mid-career journalists the flexibility to customize their studies according to their career goals. Students are required to complete both theoretical and skill-building courses as well as theses or final projects.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Broadcasting Programs Available||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Arizona State University||4-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication,
Master of Mass Communication,
PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication
|$10,822 in-state; $28,336 out-of-state*|
|Arizona Western College||2-year, public; small city|| Associate in Applied Science in Broadcasting,
Associate in Applied Science in Television Production
|$2,720 in-state; $9,710 out-of-state*|
|Scottsdale Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Certificate of Completion in Film Production,
Certificate of Completion in Television Production,
Associate in Applied Science in Motion Picture/Television Production
|$2,070 in-state; $7,854 out-of-state*|
|University of Arizona||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Arts in Journalism,
Master of Arts in Journalism
|$12,467 in-state; $36,366 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator